Archive for May, 2013

31 May, 2013 — Blogging, WordPress

Brute Force Attack – The Result

Email Account

I’m sure you may well know, unless you’ve been living under a rock recently? There has been a large botnet attacking WordPress websites all around the world in the way of a Brute Force Attack.

Last weekend my email account went mad, with emails from the plugin Limit Login Attempts about 3-5 emails every minuet, for 48 hours. Unfortunately I was away from home with practically no internet access so was unable to try to stop the attack. From the emails they were targeting 3 different usernames admin, administrator and support. I was pretty sure my server would hold out while the attack was happening and it did. The attack stopped late Sunday night.

My Incoming Emails

My Incoming Emails

When I got home, I opened up my email client and the emails began to download… all 29,861 of them, I guess thats the only downside of Limit Login Attempts… but at least it raised my attention to something that could have been a lot worse.

29 May, 2013 — Blogging, Tech

Ghost Fully Funded!

Ghost is a blogging platform that was foundered by John O’Nolan to add a bit of a mix-up to the blogging world with its simple and to-the-point solution and an attempt to rival other blogging platforms.

Yesterday Ghost successfully raised well beyond there goal of £25,000, pulling in a staggering £196,362 from there Kickstarter project by the end of the 30 day campaign.

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Now the wait will begin to see what the product will become and how it will stack up against competitors. They have 5,236 hungry backers who cant wait to get there hands on the first release of Ghost!

This Tweet was posted by Ghost not long after the project ended.

We are all very excited to see what Ghost will bring and to see if it really is a major competitor for the likes of WordPress and Tumblr.

Did you back the project? I did! Let me know in the comments!

Widget Shortcode
29 May, 2013 — Snippets, WordPress

Use Shortcodes Within The WordPress Text Widget

For some reason I have yet to think of by default, WordPress shortcodes do not work within text widgets. Why I have no idea but if you need this functionality, it is quite easy to accomplish, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Under “Appearance” click “Editor” (if you cant see this it might be disabled – if so contact the company who created your theme)
  3. In the list of files on the right of the page, click “functions.php”
  4. At the bottom of the functions.php file, add the following code:

add_filter( ‘widget_text’, ‘shortcode_unautop’); add_filter( ‘widget_text’, ‘do_shortcode’);

Click “Update File” and as if by magic your shortcodes should now work in your text widgets!

Although this way does work it might not be the best way of doing thing if your theme is regally updated or there is a chance your theme could be changed. If you use a theme from the third party that does get updates you might want to consider making yourself a simple functionality plugin.

Big Brother
16 May, 2013 — Blogging, Tech

Finding Photos For Your Blog

Finding photos for your blog or website can be hard, where do you look and how do you find images that you can use without breaching copyright? Well, many other people have the same problem when they are running a website. I am going to share with you how I find my images for this blog and how to avoid breaching copyright.

Where to find FREE images

If you have been on the internet for some time you might have herd the term “Creative Commons” been used before. However lots of people don’t know what Creative Commons actually is.

Creative Commons is a type of license that people license their content under, for use by others. There are different types of licenses that fall under the Creative Commons umbrella. You can find out more about those here.

So I hear you ask, where can I find Creative Commons – licensed content?

One word to answer that… Flickr

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Flickr has an advanced search function that will allow you to search for only images that fall within the Creative Commons-licensed content.

You can then choose how you are going to use the images. For websites and blogs you need to make sure you tick “Find content to use commercially”. However if you are looking to edit the photos you are downloading and we’re not talking about cropping here. I mean editing colours, putting people in or taking people out of photos you need to tick “Find content to modify, adapt, or build upon”.

Larger website or blog?

Once you have achieved a larger audience and have started to make money out of your website you might want to start and look for stock images. Sometimes you just can’t find the photo you are looking for under the Creative Commons license. This is where you are going to have to dip into the money pot slightly and purchase stock photography.

Below are a list of Stock Photography websites you might want to take a look at for when you’re really in need.

Don’t use Google!

People think a quick and easy way to find images online is by hitting Google Images and taking a photo off there. However that isn’t the case as you may well find the images on Google are copyright to someone and use of those images (even though they came off Google) will breach copyright and you could find yourself in bother.

For example I am a photographer and my images appear in Google Search, but that doesn’t mean your automatically entitled to use those images because even though they are on Google the copyright still remains with me. Cutting it short if your not sure don’t use it.

Conclusion

There are lots of websites out there that offer images for commercial use for free. It can take some time to find the right image for you but its worth it as you don’t want people coming back to you and finding you have used an image you are not entitled to use. It not only looks bad but you could find yourself in deep water quickly. However most people will just ask that the image be removed and that will be the end of the story.

Photo Credit: Mike_fleming

WordPress Download Count
14 May, 2013 — WordPress

WordPres 3.5 Now Over 20M Downloads

Its only been 5 months since WordPress 3.5 was released and today the download counter shot past 20 million downloads!

Only 4 other WordPress versions have ever passed the 20 million download point since the release of WordPress on 27th May 2003. The latest version of WordPress 3.5, is the third most popular version of the ever growing platform to sail past the 20 million download count.

Popularity Breakdown

  • WordPress 3.4 – Took 115 days to hit 20 million downloads
  • WordPress 3.0 – Took 131 days to hit 20 million downloads
  • WordPress 5.3 – Took 153 days to hit 20 million downloads
  • WordPress 3.3 – Took 171 days to hit 20 million downloads

Could the release of 3.6 top 3.4’s 115 day count? Only time will tell…

Writing
10 May, 2013 — Life

My First Published Content

3 days ago I suddenly had the urge to want to blog on bigger websites where I could hit a larger audience and at the same time start to build some credit for my work. I wanted to achieve this for a few reasons. One was to hear people’s reactions and opinions on my posts. One of what I think is the key motivation tool you can have to be more creative and write more. Two is to test myself to see if I was good enough to enter the playground with the big boys! And become that known name of a community. You know the one, everyone has someone online who they follow. Weather it be a blog or just a social network account.

You can find my first ever blog post here on WP Daily. I thought I would share my Top 10 WordPress Snippets for my first post.

The response I got was almost immediate, people started commenting, asking questions and even sharing their own opinions on my snippets.

This has got me wanting to write more and more. Then yesterday I received an email from John Saddington, one of the founders over at WP Daily. He wanted to thank me for my post as he knew it was my first time blogging to a large audience, he wanted to encourage me to keep going and not to stop there. So watch this space for everything WordPress and everything in between!

Photo Credit: matryosha